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From the Hart: PFW NFL Power Rankings

Patriots Football Weekly has created a weekly Power Ranking based on the proprietary Wilson-Hart Power Index. The system uses the most important statistics in the game — those most closely associated to winning and losing — to rank all 32 NFL teams based on their performance to date this season.


Another week of late-season NFL action, another new team atop the Wilson-Hart Power Index. This time the Falcons jumped up two spots to take over the No. 1 spot, although many still have questions about what Atlanta will do when playoff action rolls around in the next couple weeks.

The hottest team in football, Pete Carroll's high-scoring Seahawks, also moved up two slots this week, taking over the No. 2 spot. And with the Packers moving up three to No. 3, the NFC is showing its power with the top three teams in the Index.

The AFC's top team comes from Houston this week, as the Texans are at No. 4, one spot ahead of Peyton Manning's Broncos at No. 5.

The 49ers blowout loss in Seattle dropped San Francisco five positions, but Jim Harbaugh's troops remain one spot ahead of New England, which stood steady at No. 7 after a tough win in Jacksonville.

At No. 8 and No. 9, respectively, the Bears and Redskins are the highest-ranked teams that have not clinched a playoff spot, just ahead of the playoff-ready Ravens and Bengals.

Maybe the most interesting team in the Wilson-Hart Power Index is Indianapolis. Despite winning 10 games and having already clinched a playoff spot, the Colts remain at No. 24 in the Index, even after moving up three spots this week. That just shows how truly Luck-y the Colts have been to win so many games in 2012!

The numbers never lie and the Wilson-Hart Power Index has one more week of games with which to anoint a team the best in football based on a full regular season schedule of action!

This WeeksRankLast WeeksRankMovementTeamCurrent
Power Index
13up 2Atlanta Falcons13-2-04.333
24up 2Seattle Seahawks10-5-05.167
36up 3Green Bay Packers11-4-05.333
41down 3Houston Texans12-3-06.333
55sameDenver Broncos12-3-06.667
61down 5San Francisco 49ers10-4-16.833
77sameNew England Patriots11-4-07.833
88sameChicago Bears9-6-08.833
99sameWashington Redskins9-6-09.833
109down 1Baltimore Ravens10-5-010.167
1111sameCincinnati Bengals9-6-011.167
1212sameNew York Giants8-7-014.167
1314up 1New Orleans Saints7-8-016.333
1419up 5Carolina Panthers6-9-016.667
1413down 1Pittsburgh Steelers7-8-016.667
1419up 5San Diego Chargers6-9-016.667
1716down 1Minnesota Vikings9-6-017.167
1722up 5St. Louis Rams7-7-117.167
1922up 3Miami Dolphins7-8-018.500
2015down 5Tampa Bay Buccaneers6-9-018.833
2117down 4Dallas Cowboys8-7-019.000
2218down 4Arizona Cardinals5-10-019.667
2319down 4Cleveland Browns5-10-020.000
2427up 3Indianapolis Colts10-5-021.000
2524down 1New York Jets6-9-021.833
2626sameBuffalo Bills5-10-023.167
2725down 2Detroit Lions4-11-024.000
2828sameTennessee Titans5-10-025.833
2929sameJacksonville Jaguars2-13-026.167
2930up 1Oakland Raiders4-11-026.167
3131samePhiladelphia Eagles4-11-027.667
3232sameKansas City Chiefs2-13-030.500
* Team has clinched a playoff spot.

Teams in italics are out of the playoff hunt.

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